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Department of Health in Lee County issues Health Alert for Caloosahatchee-Franklin Locks

Blue-green algae in the water near Normandy Court
Posted at 8:08 PM, May 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-13 20:08:23-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH) is issuing a health alert for the Caloosahatchee-Franklin Locks based on reports of algae toxins found by the ramp.

When blue-green toxins are detected, DOH recommends individuals avoid contact with the water. Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so keeping them away from the water during a bloom is especially important.

DEP, the five water management districts, DOH, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services all work together to respond to algal blooms.

If you wish to report a new algae bloom please visit DEP’s Algal Bloom Monitoring & Response webpage.

Additional information on blue-green algae is available on the Department of Health’s website.